By Renae Dixon Observer staff reporter firstname.lastname@example.org Monday, February 01, 2016
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Just as they were inseperable in life Bishop Lawford Bolt and his wife Phyllis were equally inseparable in death as the matching coffins bearing their bodies were a testament of two people who did almost everything together.
The massive crowd started descending on the small rural community of Lime Tree Garden in St Ann from as early as 6:00 am two Saturdays ago to bid farewell to the couple who had been married for 41 years.
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Service for Bishop Lawford Bolt and wife Phyllis Bolt who
died days apart after 41 years of marriage. The service was
held at their hometown in Lime Tree Garden, St Ann.
The huge tent pitched on the grounds of Lime Tree Garden Primary School to accommodate the crowd was bursting at the seams as hundreds from across Jamaica and overseas file inside to pay their last respects to a loving couple who had positively impacted the lives of many.
Mrs Bolt died tragically on Sunday, December 13 while on her way from visiting her husband who had been admitted to the hospital for an ailment. The car being driven by the 62-year old teacher was hit by another vehicle whose driver allegedly fell asleep at the wheel along the Llandovery main road in the parish. Her daughter and another resident who were travelling in the car were injured. The family held off telling the husband about her death for as long as they could, however, when he did not see his wife who routinely visited him in hospital he knew something was terribly wrong. A little over a week later the heartbroken widower who was refusing to continue to live without his wife passed away peacefully on December 24.
General Overseer of the Triumphant Church of God Bishop Eric McLeod said the 67-year-old Bolt was not enthused about going home after he was eventually informed of the tragic passing of his wife.
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“He said my life is gone; whom should I go home to,” said Bishop McLeod as he recalled his final conversation with Bolt. “He loved his wife.”
Mrs Bolt was remembered as a woman who loved her husband dearly and would do nothing to displease him. The couple grew up together in the Lime Tree Garden community, got baptised at the same time and have been inseparable since marriage.
In fact the two were described as “a couple second to none”, and one who influenced the lives of not only family and friends but whomever they came in contact with. more